Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ) - Nouvelle

May 16: World Education Support Personnel Day

14 mai 2019

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Understanding the invisible workforce

They are everywhere in the education and higher learning networks. Education support personnel and education professionals are at the heart of student’s successes. In order to recognize this essential contribution to education, Éducation internationale (EI) declared May 16 World Education Support Personnel Day.

«This is a special day for the CSQ,» says Sonia Ethier, president of Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ). «We have worked long and hard, along our international partners, to ensure that education support personnel (ESP) have their day to highlight their work in our schools, colleges and universities.»

On May 16, EI revealed the results of a thorough analysis of the role, scope, status and conditions of employment of ESP throughout the world. Over 3000 people were surveyed in seven countries - Brazil, France, Quebec, New Zealand, the Philippines, the United States of America and Zimbabwe.

Main challenges facing ESP

Other than wages and job consolidation to tackle precariousness, recognition for their work, increased continuous training and a more important role in decision making spaces within their workplaces are some of the challenges that education support personnel must contend with.

« Despite these difficulties, these workers are very motivated to make a difference in the lives of students, » says Sonia Ethier.

Fighting for recognition

The study that EI conducted recommends that labour unions highlight the work of ESP by raising awareness of their contribution to the quality of education.

A task that the CSQ and its affiliates have been working on for a number of years now! We encourage you to share these portraits of women and men who, while toiling in the shadows, work hard every day for the success of students in our schools, colleges and universities.

Like a fish in water

Swimming pool supervisor Frédéric Marquis monitors the safety of students in his school board, while striving to share with them his passion for swimming.

Watching over and caring for students

Tact, diplomacy, and being a good listener are necessary qualities when it comes to intervening with students to enforce the rules in high school.

Helping cégeps shine brighter every day

Communication is at the core of everything. It’s true everywhere, even in the college network.

A woman with a heart of gold

Every day, she takes care of the most vulnerable students. Meet a remarkable person whose work is among the most important.

New schools emerging

School buildings are aging and they require renovations. The rising number of students calls for new buildings. Now is a good time to rethink our schools.

The power of one voice

Upset following a decision made by the Québec government affecting student financial aid in cégeps, a student life advisor reached out to Minister David. This is the story a great victory against injustice. […] For Monique Lussier, it was the beginning of a nightmare. As a student life advisor at Cégep Marie-Victorin, she quickly assessed the damage.

An ear for machines

How many people do you know who are able to detect a mechanical trouble in an engine room just by hearing the sound it makes?

A guardian angel at the wheel

“Every morning, I greet all of the students, even the ones who never reply. It’s important for me that they receive a warm welcome.”

Innovating and drawing inspiration from the latest trends

The shift towards health has created much change in school cafeterias. « I remember the days when we had vending machines that sold chocolate and soft drinks. We’ve come a long way since then. »